This week ACRL New Mexico wants to remind you that calls for proposals for NMLA 2022 are open, AND there’s an opportunity for professional development/mentorship!


NMLA Conference 2022 Call for Proposals

In 2019, the American Library Association identified sustainability as a core value of librarianship. Sustainability has always been a part of libraries, though we do not always see our work as meeting those challenges. In a world that is living with a pandemic, threats of climate change, political unrest, and other factors that affect our lives and planet, the sustainability and resilience of libraries is increasingly important for our communities.

Now NMLA wants to hear how you and your library meet the challenge of sustainability.

This year, the NMLA 2022 LibrarySTRONG Annual Summit will focus on Sustainability. We know that libraries are:

  • Sustainable
  • Thriving
  • Resilient
  • Open
  • Network Builders
  • Green

What does sustainability mean to you?  What are your sustainability stories?  What conversations can you facilitate to help others build more resilient and just communities? In writing your proposals, consider how you incorporate concepts and perspectives of sustainability.  Maybe you have a cool new recycling program, maybe you invite elders from the community to lead programs, maybe you have revised your library spaces to be more inclusive, or changed the way you do your work daily. Sustainability is much more than just a commitment to improving and maintaining our environments. It can be found in library budgets, workflows, planning, pedagogy, community engagement, and equity initiatives, among many other things.  

NMLA’s 2022 annual conference will be in-person October 26-28.  

Calls for proposals will be accepted through June 30, 2022, for:

●      Full Day and Half Day Pre-Conference Workshops,

●      Presentations

●      Panel discussions,

●      Posters, and

●      Lightning Talks.

Proposals with a focus on the conference theme will receive priority consideration.

Submit your proposal now! 

Proposal Mentorship and Peer Support Opportunity

Sign up to receive free professional development, peer support, and mentorship!

Are you nervous about giving presentations?  Never spoken at a conference before?  Want to learn more about sustainability?  Like the idea of having a mentor to help you develop a conference program?

In order to support the creation of proposals around this year’s theme and encourage first-time presenters we will be offering two free interactive workshops and one-on-one mentorship opportunities to help you develop your proposal and your presentation. 

We are offering these opportunities to support anyone who is crafting a proposal for the first time, is having trouble connecting their ideas to sustainability, or just anyone who’d like a second set of eyes on their proposal before submitting it.

These events are free, but registration is required. Please note that the deadline to register has been extended to mid-May!

Registration is now open. Deadline to register has been extended! 

We especially encourage graduate students, new library professionals, library workers who may not have a Masters degree, out-of-state library professionals, and new presenters to take advantage of this opportunity. You do not have to be a member of NMLA to attend this mentorship opportunity, but we do encourage participants to be engaged with professional activities, such as the NMLA board, conferences, advocacy efforts, and special interest groups.  Libraries are stronger when we work together! 

Rough schedule: 

  • Meeting 1: Creating a Proposal for the NMLA conference/ What is sustainability?
    • 1 Hour Webinar by Zoom
    • First Opportunity: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from noon to 1pm
    • This meeting opportunity will be held at least once more before the end of May.
  • Meeting 2: Peer Practice: Share your proposals and practice presenting.
    • 1 Hour to share your idea and practice presenting on Zoom
    • TBD mid-May
  • Open Office hours with Erin Wahl and Eli Guinnee
    • By appointment
    • 30 minute Zoom meetings
      • To discuss pre-proposal submission: May 15-June 15; and/or
      • To discuss post-acceptance presentation development: August 1-October 1

Those who participate in a mentorship activity will also be invited to fill out a survey about their experience at a later date to determine if this is an experience you’d like us to repeat in the future prior to the annual conference.

For questions about proposal submissions and mentorship opportunities please contact:

Erin Renee Wahl
(575) 646-7484

Eli Guinnee
(505) 476-9762

For questions about the conference please contact:

Kate Alderete


Here are some upcoming workshops, publishing opportunities, and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:


Call for Participation: Advanced Topics in Web Archiving: A Free, Self-Paced Online Training Workshop

Supported by the IMLS LB21 program, the “Continuing Education to Advance Web Archiving (CEDWARC)” project develops a continuing education curriculum and teaches library and archive professionals advanced web archiving and analysis techniques. We will offer a free, self-paced online training workshop in October 2021.

The workshop offers advanced training to working library and archive professionals. Students in related fields are also welcome. The training modules are customized to the knowledge and skill levels of the intended audience and can be integrated into their job responsibilities, as well as prepare them for future library and archive service developments.

Built on the Web Archiving Fundamentals module, participants will be taken on a problem-solving tour through five additional modules, including Storytelling, Social Feed Manager, ArchiveSpark, Archives Unleashed, and Events Archiving. Facilitators of the workshop include web archiving experts and tool developers from Virginia Tech, Los Alamos National Lab, Old Dominion University, George Washington University, the Internet Archive, and the University of Waterloo.

After watching the online training videos of your choice, workshop registrants may also interact with the module facilitator through one of the two available online office hours scheduled for each module. To conclude the workshop, an online panel discussion/open Q&A session will also be scheduled at the end of October 2021, involving all module facilitators.

  • Date: October 2021, self-paced
  • Location: After registration, please wait for a notification email containing links to training materials and Zoom meeting links
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration:
  • For additional information, please contact

Zhiwu Xie
Virginia Tech



The Librarian Parlor calls for topics

Below are topics and perspectives we are interested in exploring right now. We are dedicated to providing a diverse and representative view of the experiences of LIS research in libraries, and the questions below are examples of perspectives we feel are not yet represented.

However, these are simply meant to inspire ideas, so if your ideas don’t quite fit that is okay! Reach out to us and let us know. Review our Contribute page to find out how to submit your ideas.

Topics we’re interested in right now

  1. Perspectives about research from Digital Scholarship Librarians, Scholarly Communication Librarians, MLIS students, Public Library Workers, Technical Services Library Workers, and Special Collections and Archival Library Workers 
  2. Inequities in publishing and research
  3. Mid project reflections and reports
  4. Reflections on how research changes over the course of a career

Questions to inspire ideas

MLIS Students

  • What do you learn in your MLIS program regarding research and what do you wish you learned?
  • What are experiences you’ve had where you were able to publish or develop a scholarly identity in graduate school?
  • What kind of support are you hoping for when you graduate and enter into a role where you do research?

Public Library Workers

  • How to make time to do research when you’re a public librarian?
  • Do/should public librarians have academic freedom? What limitations do public librarians deal with regarding academic freedom?
  • How does research in a public library differ from research in an academic setting?
  • What kinds of research can public librarians do and what kind of research can they not do because of the way their positions are situated?
  • What barriers do public librarians face when trying to do research?
  • How do public librarians use research to inform their practice?

Technical Services Library Workers

  • What unique challenges do technical services librarians face when trying to do research?
  • How can technical services librarians break away from traditional norms of what technical services librarians are “equipped” and “allowed” to do when it comes to research?
  • What are multidisciplinary topics in relation to technical services? How can work in multiple areas of the library inform a research agenda?
  • How does research differ for a technical services librarian from a public services librarian?
  • How does one’s status as a technical services library worker affect their ability to advocate for research time?

Special Collections and Archival Library Workers

  • What unique challenges do special collections and archival library workers face when trying to do research?
  • How can special collections and archival library workers break away from traditional norms of what librarians are “equipped” and “allowed” to do when it comes to research?
  • What are multidisciplinary topics in relation to special collections and archival library workers? How can work in multiple areas of the library inform a research agenda?
  • How does research differ for a special collections and archival library workers from a public services librarian?
  • How does one’s status as a special collections and archival library workers library worker affect their ability to advocate for research time?


It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity

Oct 29, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

As we work toward a more open scholarly communication environment, how can we build a commitment to equity into our structures and systems? Find out how libraries are working to shape the future of open.

Register here

Conference website: 

S-J-S-U King Library


Here are some upcoming presentations opportunities, events, and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:

Call for ACRL Program Proposals for 2022 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

2022 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 30, 2021. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposals and select 2022 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December 2021. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.


ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals

ACRL invites proposal submissions for our ACRL e-Learning program. Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your knowledge and innovative developments with your colleagues. Wednesday, October 13, 2021, is the submission deadline. Program proposals should address specific issues facing academic and research librarians today and provide timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research, as well as actionable steps attendees can take. ACRL strives to develop inclusive professional development offerings that will reflect the library community’s diverse range of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, economic background, age, and/or ability. We seek presenters and topics from all types of libraries, positions, and experiences, including non library faculty, staff, and administrators. Learn more on the ACRL website and apply today!


Be sure to register for ALA Digital Reference’s September webinar if you haven’t already.  It’s free and open to anyone interested in RDA as an international standard.

Translating RDA: a Discussion of the Opportunities and Challenges of an International Cataloging Standard (FREE)

Monday, September 20, 2021, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM CDT

This webinar features three 15-minute presentations covering a wide range of topics that concern the international RDA community, among them: How decisions to translate RDA are made, an overview of the translation process, partial translations vs. full translations, generating support for translations, RDA teaching and training after translation, updates on RDA Toolkit translations in development, and the specific experiences of translating RDA in Arabic, Finnish and French. Expected speakers include ALA Digital Reference Director James Hennelly, and RDA translators Rania Osman, Daniel Paradis and Marja-Liisa Seppälä; the translators will be available for a Q&A moderated by James Hennelly, who will lead them in guided discussion before welcoming live questions from the audience. Register for Translating RDA here.


You will find several upcoming Choice – ACRL Webinars by clicking on the link below:

Watch Webinars on Librarianship and Scholarly Issues Affecting Libraries


RBMS BSC Upcoming Webinar: Cool Things We’ve Cataloged Lightning Talks

Oct 7, 2021 11AM PST/2PM EST

The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee’s Program Planning Group will be holding the second of its “Cool Things We’ve Cataloged” Lightning Talks on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11 PST/12 MST /1 CST/ EST.

In this webinar Joy DuBose, Sierra Laddusaw, Paula Jeannet, Crystal Clements, Mary Mathiason, Caitlyn Stephens, Krystal Messer, and Yoonha Hwang will be discussing  interesting and challenging collections or items that they have cataloged. These include virtual reality programming, a casier geographique of 1840, human anatomy and physiology glass lantern slides, an artist book made from an antique doll bed, Paddington and Aunt Lucy dolls, and a manuscript magazine. 

Please register here.


The recording of the webinar on library consortia featuring John Sandstrom is now available!!!

ACRL NM presents: Introduction to Library Consortium with speaker John Sandstrom. In this webinar Dr. Sandstrom discusses how many of us work with consortia on a regular basis, but what are they really?  What do consortia do?  How do they do it?  In the webinar, John Sandstrom seeks to pull back the veil and introduce various types of consortia, the differences and similarities between them, and talk about some of the questions you need to ask before joining one.


Introduction to Library Consortium presented by Dr. John Sandstrom

August 24, 2021 from 2-3pm!

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Dr. John Sandstrom will be presenting an Introduction to Library Consortium on August 24, 2021 from 2-3pm! You can register here to get the link for the Zoom meeting.

Many of us work with consortia on a regular basis, but what are they really? What do consortia do? How do they do it? In the webinar, John Sandstrom seeks to pull back the veil and introduce various types of consortia, the differences and similarities between them, and talk about some of the questions you need to ask before joining one.

Dr. John Sandstrom is the Acquisitions Librarian at New Mexico State University. In addition to his MLS, he has a Masters of Public Administration and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration (Higher Ed). He has 35 years of experience working with consortia of various types. Outside the library, he is a reader, singer, weaver, spinner, and caregiver who hopes to get enough sleep really soon.
If you have any questions about the webinar please feel free to reach out to your Chair: Kelleen Maluski.
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It’s time for the ACRL NM officer elections! First step – nominate your candidate (yourself or someone else)!

It is our pleasure to announce a call for nominations for the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and the  Secretary/Treasurer position for the ACRL New Mexico Chapter/NMLA Academic SIG.

If you are interested in fostering collaboration and education among our peers in the state of New Mexico, then please nominate yourself or a colleague. If nominating a colleague, please get that person’s permission prior to making the nomination. All interested members are encouraged to run for office, however, librarians do need to be a current member of NMLA and ACRL to serve.

The time dedication for this office is minimal, and most business now occurs remotely between the officers. Officers should be willing to participate in the two ACRL-NM business meetings each year, which take place during the NMLA conferences. 

More Information:
Here is the Chapter Blog
Here is the ACRL Chapter website that talks more about the role of the State Chapters
Refer to a detailed list of duties as listed in the bylaws on the blog:

If you are interested in running, or would like to nominate a colleague for this position, please fill out the nomination form

If you have any questions about the nomination process please feel free to reach out to your Chair: Kelleen Maluski.

Here are some upcoming discussion forums and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:

The People of Color in Library & Information Science (POC in LIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 virtually via Zoom from 9:00 am – 3:15 pm PST.
Registration will open on Friday June 15, 2021 at 9 am. POC in LIS Summit is free, but space is limited.
POC in LIS Summit Registration Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to event.


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Choice-ACRL free digital webinarscheck them all out:


ACRL Presents Webcasts

The ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community. ACRL Presents webcasts are recorded and closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. Check back for upcoming live sessions, or browse our archived recordings below:


Call for presentations for LibLearnX conference

“Education for Librarians by Librarians”:


To deliver exceptional learning experiences, a Call for Presentations is being solicited for the conference programs. Preference may be given to proposals that reflect field best practices, have clear learning objectives, and focus on applicable content, instructional design, and diverse audiences.

Subject matter topics include: Books and Authors, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Career Development & Leadership, Collection Development, Community Outreach & Partnerships, Data Collection, Digital Equity, Human Resources, Library Services, Mental Health, Reader’s Advisory, Technology Innovation.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Submission site opens: June 15, 2021
Submission site closes August 15, 2021
Review site opens: August 25, 2021
Review site closes: September 22, 2021
Programs announced: October 2021


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Keep your mind sharp with ACRL’s summer professional development opportunities. Our catalog of webcasts, online courses, and Off-RoadShow workshops is the perfect mix for a season of learning.

Check them out here:


ACRL NM Presents – Introduction to Information Studies: A Third Wave Information Literacy Credit Course – July 22, 2021 @ 11am MT

Date and time: Jul 22, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

In this presentation, we’ll explain how our three-credit Introduction to Information Studies course, IADL 1110, came to life. IADL 1110 is now approved as a General Education Course by the New Mexico Higher Education Department in the Communication Area for all institutions of higher education in New Mexico to teach. We’ll talk about our course design and curricular choices as well as how we conceive of information literacy. We’ll also provide all our course materials. This session would be especially useful for academic librarians in New Mexico interested in teaching an information literacy credit course. The last half hour of the session will be reserved for questions and discussion.

IADL 1110 Course Description:
Introduction to systems of information and how they impact our current social and cultural life. This course introduces organizing systems and classification, definitions of information, intellectual property and copyright, information formats, information ethics, and the history and structure of the internet. Other topics may include the history of information, social media, the attention economy, Wikipedia, net neutrality, and algorithmic bias.

Lori Townsend, Learning Services Coordinator / Associate Professor
Glenn Koelling, Learning Services Librarian / Assistant Professor
Adrienne Warner, First Year Experience Librarian / Assistant Professor
Alyssa Russo, Learning Services Librarian / Assistant Professor

Presenters have asked that participants submit questions in advance at